Closer Than They Appear

We see it so often that sometimes we no longer pay attention to the warning: “Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.” 

Curious, I did a little research and discovered that the safety warning is required on passenger side mirrors of vehicles in the US, Canada, Nepal, India, and Saudi Arabia. 

But why? Inquiring minds want to know. 

“It’s present because while these mirrors’ convexity gives them a useful field of view, it also makes objects appear smaller.”

For me, something that’s closer than it appears is filing for medicare. Len turned 65 this year and jumped through those interesting hoops. I have a few years before it’s my turn, but I’m glad he’ll be able to show me the ropes when the time comes.

What’s closer than it appears in your mirror?

© lauriebuchanan.com

26 thoughts on “Closer Than They Appear

  1. Hi Laurie,
    A lot of things are far closer than many people think possible.
    Aspects of AI are now doubling in capacity every 2 months, and getting faster.
    The human brain is still more energy efficient, but with cheap energy then computers are moving into more and more areas. Tesla have their fully autonomous systems available to beta testers right now.

    We need more people looking at the dangers of using markets to measure value.

    Would be great if more people looked to how NZ dealt with covid. We eliminated it from the population twice. People keep coming to the border while infected, and it seems one set of virus might have come in on product kept in a coolstore.
    We need global cooperation.

  2. Hey ! Bit of a shocker I’m second today 😂
    Christmas is closer that it seems . I really apologise if you are a Christmas fan , me I hate the falseness of it all . But due to Covid my neighbours are threatening to put up Gordy decorations NOW! Just because . As you know Laurie, I am not miserable , I like to think I’m fun loving in all the right areas . I do hope I don’t offend your fans but here goes ‘ Ban Christmas’ and buy Laurie’s new book and snuggle by the fire and indulge .
    Cherryx

  3. The first thought I had was Christmas! I don’t know where the time has gone this year, I feel like I blinked and missed 2020! (Maybe that’s a good thing? 😉 )

  4. I cant even understand how fast Monday turns into Friday/
    The pace is so hectic these days with all engines firing all around with overload of our systems.
    The phrase Take it easy has fallen by the wayside.

  5. One advantage of showing up later than usual to your Tuesday post is that I get to read all the comments. Yes, Christmas, old age, and Monday-> Friday come in the blink of an eye. I don’t worry about Halloween because we turn off the lights and celebrate at our children’s house. And we wear MASKS!!!

  6. Lots of interesting comments today. Any plans I make these days are loosely bound by how I feel that particular day. I have just rescheduled a doctor’s appointment I had planned for tomorrow afternoon. Exactly when the remnants of Zeta will come tearing up through Georgia to the Atlanta region, ripping off roofs and trees out of the ground, maybe a few tornadoes and that’s just one of many. I am astonished by the resilience of the Gulf Coast people, I lived there for several years as a child and thought it was true-blue Heaven. I also saw some hurricanes, wicked bad hurricanes. So at present, keeping my weather eye to the sky and of course the radar screen. “Sufficient unto the day is the evils thereof.” Same reason I don’t read scary books or watch scary movies, everyday life has enough true-life events to make my hair stand on end. I think one day at a time is the best advice for unsettled times, keeping an eye to the sky and wind.

  7. Depending on how much ‘news’ I watch/read, the utter spiritual venality of the human race. Consequently I tend not to veer in that direction … not because the climate crisis isn’t upon us, or millions of people will die of Covid-19 before it’s done, or that hatred and violence is an acceptable form of conflict resolution in some circles, but because I can see ordinary people doing extraordinary things, in spite of all of the above.

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